Wordless Wednesday – Burls and surprising inner beauty


I took shelter under this tree earlier this week and, having climbed up the buttress roots, managed to take a close look at it’s trunk burl.


Burls are usually formed as a result of some kind of damage, be that environmental, insect, fungal or storm. This burl has formed an intricate knot of complex growth, including many leafing spurs. Apart from those growth points, it looks rather like a viscous lava flow.


It’s fascinating, both ugly and wonderful at the same time. Indeed, these kinds of growth are highly sought after by wood turners/carvers as they can produce spectacularly beautiful bowls and art work. I wonder what this one would look like inside?

Example of turning a piece of burl wood

Like this perhaps? Image is courtesy the instructables website: Example shows lovely markings being revealed as a piece of burl wood is turned.


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12 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Burls and surprising inner beauty

  1. shoreacres says:

    I had a woodworker friend who did quite a bit of work with burls. They certainly can be a source of wonderfully patterned bowls and such. It’s interesting how — from a distance — the large burl resembles a swarm of bees.

  2. Looks like some nifty Lathe work here as well as a fab piccy of a lovely tree.

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    They kind of look like worms! 😀 When we cut firewood, we give our cherry burls to a wood worker who makes knife handles and bowls out of them.

  4. I love finding burls while in the woods and formed a kinship with one. Check out my Gravatar for my doppelganger. 🙂

  5. Cathy says:

    Beautiful and fascinating. 😃 Do you know what kind of tree it is?

  6. Cathy says:

    Lovely to see this, Allison – thanks for sharing

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